The inner harbour pinkie snapper are out in force at the moment and the average size seems to be getting better and better as the weeks go on. It’s great as they easily assessable by land, boat or kayak. Casting small soft plastics tight onto the structure has proven to be a deadly tactic when targeting them. As well as the pinkies there has also been a fair share of salmon still around in great numbers, they do lack a bit in size but not for young gun Luke Hogan landing a cracker weighing in at 3.2kg and only on 6lb line!
Up the bay towards Port Melbourne has also had its fair share of snapper fishing on the go with plenty of fish once again holding tight onto structure and responding well to soft plastics. Down towards Point Cook has remained a popular location to anglers chasing a feed of calamari with size #3.0 jigs in pilchard or whiting colours working best. Wedge Spit has been producing some solid whiting fishing as of late, fishing the outgoing tide or on an evening has been the prime times with pipis and squid being the standout baits.
Offshore, Barwon Heads continues to produce some quality gummy shark and snapper fishing with some great fish being taken and in good numbers too. The gummies are still holding well in 35 metres of water and the snapper seem to be hanging in the same areas too, slow pitch jigging has been a fun and effective way to target the snapper.
Portland is still having plenty of boats heading down in search of a giant bluefin tuna and with good success. Trolling skirted lures has been accounting for a lot of fish with JB Dingos being a standout and also cubing whilst dropping down whole pilchards has been getting its fair share of fish too.
The west coast trout fishing is still fishing very well with the Merri and Hopkins rivers both producing some fantastic brown trout, casting shallow running divers has proved deadly with fish reaching over 4lb and in a river that’s a fantastic fish. Wurdi Buloc reservoir has lived up to its name of “the lake of 1000 casts” quite well but the fisherman that being persistent are being rewarded with some nice fish. Trout and redfin are both making good reports and are taking a wide variety of lures with spoons and tassie devils being most popular.